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Certificate in Writing

Write With Confidence, Clarity and Style

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Program Details

  • Location: Online
  • Duration: Varies
  • Times: Evenings, Weekends
  • Cost: $650 – $999 (per course)

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About this Program


Honing your writing craft will help you produce the kind of crisp, engaging writing that captures the attention and imagination of readers. Whether you’re looking to sharpen your overall writing chops or focus on a particular type of writing, we offer a wide variety of courses to help you refine your skills and accomplish your goals.

Our flexible Certificate in Writing program allows you to personalize your experience and select courses that match your area of interest. Course categories include fiction, nonfiction, memoir, screenwriting, publishing and children's literature.

Designed For

Current and aspiring writers who want to develop their craft.

Alumni Spotlight

Alum Karen Treiger explains how the Certificate in Writing gave her the confidence and skills she needed to tell her family's story.

Duration: 02:41

What You’ll Learn

The individual skills and knowledge you’ll gain from this program depends on the courses you choose. These skills can include:

  • Techniques for creating vivid characters and scenes
  • Developing your own voice and style
  • Word choice, imagery, rhythm and cadence
  • Elements of story that hook the reader
  • Insights on getting your work published

Get Hands-On Experience

You’ll craft at least one manuscript or piece of writing that you can submit for publication or other formal use.

earn your certificate

  • Start the program in autumn, winter or spring quarter
  • Register for each course individually. You can take more than one course in the same quarter
  • To earn the certificate, complete any three writing courses in two years or less (Certificate Request Form)

 

  Course Offered
Courses Fall 2022 Winter 2023 Spring 2023
The Art of Writing  
Business Writing: Reports, Proposals & Documents  
Foundations of UX Writing    
FICTION
Fiction Writing: Craft    
Fiction Writing: The Novel    
Fiction Writing: Character    
NONFICTION
Memoir Writing: Finding Your Story    
Memoir Writing: Structuring Your Story    
Memoir Writing: Writing Your Story    
Women's Personal Essay Writing: A Workshop    
CHILDREN'S LITERATURE
Writing Children's Literature: Picture Books    
SCREENWRITING
Screenwriting: Storytelling    
Screenwriting: Character & Plot    
Screenwriting: Completing Your Script    

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Program Overview

To earn the Certificate in Writing, complete any three courses in two years or less.

 

You should register for all courses individually; there is no application process for the certificate program.

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